The town of Mesilla is the best-known and most visited historical community in Southern New Mexico. Mesilla has had a major influence on the economic, cultural, historical, and political life of the Mesilla Valley. Mesilla was a major stop along the Butterfield Stage Coach Trail, and was frequented by many historical figures including Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. This friendly area is home to people who love the idea of keeping the traditions and history of the area alive. Mesilla features a variety of neighborhoods including historic adobe homes, large estate homes in the beautiful fields and orchards around the town and new Southwestern-style homes, many of which are close enough to walk to the Plaza. For those who enjoy condo living, the lovely Villa Esperanza condominium complex offers lovely, easy care living within walking distance of the Plaza.
Go See Do in Mesilla
The Town of Mesilla has a beautiful plaza surrounded by shops, restaurants and entertainment. The shops in this area are all housed in historical buildings such as the courthouse where the trial of Billy the Kid took place. La Posta was originally just another stop on the Butterfield Stagecoach route, but now, people from all over the world come to try their famous tacos and margaritas– voted number 1 in 2018. These historical buildings also have dark secrets, the Double Eagle restaurant, called the “Crown Jewel of Mesilla” is said to be haunted by the ghosts of murdered lovers. Josefina’s Gate is also a popular restaurant and its blue gate is one of the most photographed objects in the region. For fine dining with an updated and exciting cuisine,check out the Hacienda de Mesilla and Salud de Mesilla And be sure to try one of the local favorites, St. Clair Winery and Bistro for epicurean dishes paired with award-winning New Mexico wines (or craft beers).
The San Albino Basilica in the town square has been around since the mid 19th century and was remodeled in the early part of the 20th century. Mesilla also features a variety of museums and walking tours some of which are only available by appointment. The Fountain Theater, features a variety of foreign and independent films as well as a selection of drinks- alcoholic and non-alcoholic – as well as refreshments which can be enjoyed during the film.